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Frost changes canola harvesting plans

Swath canola hit by heavy frost. Canola that was still fairly green when heavy frost hit over the past week will desiccate quickly. Pods can start dropping or shattering within days. Pods dry out prematurely, then shatter or break off at the pedicel. In areas hit by successive heavy frosts, growers planning to straight combine

Canola Harvest Tips – for Aug. 26, 2010

Hail late in the season can break pods and bruise seeds. Damaged plants will dry off prematurely. Often the best way to manage canola with late-season hail damage is to swath the crop instead of straight combining. That way damaged pods don’t shell out while the grower waits to straight combine the crop. Also, bruised


Decisions remain for sclerotinia-damaged canola

Sclerotinia stem rot infestations are high in many canola-growing areas the summer, and the disease will continue to advance even after the crop is swathed. “Sclerotinia is showing up like gangbusters” in northeastern Alberta, according to Doug Moisey, the Canola Council of Canada’s senior agronomy specialist for the region. Alternaria has also been reported, said

Yellow Plants Call For Caution

Canola under the stress of too much moisture will turn yellow, because roots starved for oxygen can’t take up nutrients. Wait until the ground dries up and roots can get working again before rescuing the crop. In short, save your money until you know the crop will survive. Top dressing fertilizer may help when new

Take A Canola Plant Stand Count

Knowing your plant stand is the best way to understand how your fields should be managed for the rest of the season. It will also help in managing your seeding rate for the future. “Plant counts can determine whether your seeding system and seeding rate have given the crop the best start,” says Canola Council


Early-Season Scouting Pays Off

Early scouting can help ensure canola crops make it through the first few weeks in good shape. “With the wet conditions, many growers across the Prairies are struggling to get all their canola acres seeded. In the rush to finish seeding, they must remember to scout those fields that have already emerged,” says Troy Prosofsky,

Canola Sector Poised For Continued Growth

With new crushing capacity, millions of dollars for export market outreach, new research funding and facilities, and more, Canada’s canola industry is poised for a decade of significant growth, said JoAnne Buth, president at Canola Council of Canada’s 43rd annual convention in San Francisco. “In 2009, it was clear that the canola industry’s success to

Considering Pod Sealants?

With the variable stages in this year’s canola crop, questions about the benefits of applying a pod sealant are surfacing. Pod sealants are relatively new to the Canadian marketplace and limited scientific research has been conducted with these products under western Canadian conditions. These products are designed to reduce shattering losses by preventing the pods


Fungicide Approved Against Pasmo In Flax

Flax growers can now use BASF Canada’s Headline to help protect crops against Pasmo. The company announced June 23 it’s picked up an amended registration for the strobilurin fungicide’s use in flax crops. As a preventive against Pasmo (Septoria linicola), Headline is recommended at 120 millilitres per acre (0.3 litres per hectare) at eight to